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Kindergarten Parent Accused of Ruining Christmas

Talia complained about a field trip to meet Santa, which was canceled

(Newser) - Every year for a decade, kindergarten students at Sartorette Elementary School in San Jose have been writing letters to Santa then delivering them to the man himself on a school-sponsored outing. Not this year. The Cambrian School District says this month's field trip to meet Santa Claus at a... More »

Entire School District Closed Over Calligraphy Lesson

Riverheads High students were asked to copy Islamic statement of faith

(Newser) - Students of Augusta County Public Schools in central Virginia are enjoying an early winter break thanks to outrage over a lesson in Arabic calligraphy. During a world geography unit on Islam on Dec. 11, Riverheads High School teacher Cheryl LaPorte asked students to practice calligraphy by copying an Islamic statement... More »

School Football Coach on Leave for Praying

District says practice threatens students' constitutional rights

(Newser) - The coach of a Washington state high school football team who prayed at games despite orders from the school district to stop has been placed on paid administrative. Bremerton School District officials said in a statement late Wednesday that assistant football coach Joe Kennedy's leave was necessitated because of... More »

You Can Now Say 'Merry Christmas' in Texas Schools

'Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion' says Perry

(Newser) - Saying "Merry Christmas" (or "Happy Hanukkah" or even "Have a festive Festivus") is now legally protected in Texas schools, thanks to a new law signed by Rick Perry yesterday. The "Merry Christmas" bill also protects schools from decorating with seasonal religious symbols such as menorahs... More »

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